Queen Anne Stakes (Ascot) Betting Tips & Preview – Tuesday 20th June 2017

The five-day Royal Ascot gets off to a flyer with the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Named after the founder of Ascot Racecourse, this one mile contest, open to four-year-olds and above, rarely disappoints.

There are 16 runners declared for this year’s renewal and it’s Ribchester who leads the field. If he’s able to win then he’ll net his connections a handsome £340,260 and become the eighth Godolphin winner since 1996.

Past Winners/Top Jockeys and Trainers

This race is known for having short priced winners and this was especially true of 2012 winner, Frankel, who set of at odds of just 1/10.

  1. 2016 – Tepin, ridden by Julien Leparoux, trained by Mark Casse
  2. 2015 – Solow, ridden by Maxime Guyon, trained by Freddy Head
  3. 2014 – Toronado, ridden by Richard Hughes, trained by Richard Hannon Jr.
  4. 2013 – Declaration of War, ridden by Joseph O’Brien, trained by Aidan O’Brien
  5. 2012 – Frankel, ridden by Tom Queally, trained by Sir Henry Cecil

Betting Tips

There’s no questioning that Ribchester (4/5 with Totesport) is the worthy favourite here. He’s already grabbed himself several high quality victories, most recently during the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes. One of his most comfortable victories however came here at Ascot where he rode clear of 18 other runners, wonderful experience for a race like this.

As he’s usually quite quick out of the stalls, being drawn on the very inside won’t be a problem. It looks like taking something special to beat the four-year-old over one mile even with a lack of competitive experience on good to firm ground.

Next in the betting is Lightning Spear (5/1 with Betfred) who didn’t have enough to cope with Ribchester when the two met in the Lockinge Stakes. He kept on reasonably well but there’s no real reason to think he can cut the near four length gap that separated them just one month ago. Whether or not Mutakayyef (8/1 with BetVictor) could offer a bigger threat to Ribchester remains unclear.

The William Haggas-trained horse did win here last year but his only appearance this season was at Meydan, where a weak final furlong cost him. With this contest being a furlong less in distance, this could be just what he needs for a more competitive showing.

There’s a big jump to the next contender in the betting, Deauville, who is trading at 16/1 with Coral. A lack of a former distance win doesn’t make him much of a viable option however as it’s something all of the past 10 winners have had. With the four-year-old more suited to slightly longer distances, it makes Miss Temple City look like the best from the rest.

The mare, who usually competes in America, has featured in the last two Royal Ascots without success but she’s performed credibly on both occasions. Since her last Ascot appearance she’s picked up two Grade 1 victories and looks to stand a better chance than her 28/1 (BetVictor) odds suggest.

Conclusion

Ribchester is the obvious choice for this race and there aren’t many reasons not to back him in a race which often sees short-priced winners. His biggest threat could well be Mutakayyef but as an alternative bet, an each way punt on Miss Temple City looks more likely to offer decent returns.

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